John Wilbye
(1574 - 1638)

When shall my wretched life
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From Wilbye's first set of madrigals, pub. 1598.
Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer

When shall my wretched life give place to death,
That my sad cares may be enforced to leave me?
Come saddest shadow, stop my vital breath,
For I am thine; then let not care bereave thee
Of thy sad thrall, but with thy fatal dart
Kill care and me, while care lies at my heart.